Summary: American Indians/Alaska Natives suffer from the highest of health disparities including cancer and lung diseases. Research shows that adolescence thru age 25 are the key times when young adults begin commercial tobacco use leading to sustained use into adulthood and middle-age. In recent years, Lower Sioux Indian Community has undergone significant health, wellness, health policy and cultural initiatives to decrease the use of commercial tobacco and promote the use of Cansasa’ (traditional tobacco made from Red Willow) for traditional uses.
To determine the efficacy of these efforts on youth and young adults, Lower Sioux Indian Community in partnership with Clearway Minnesota is embarking on a qualitative research project to determine the level of success about commercial tobacco diminution and promotion of Cansasa’. In addition to staffing the research project, the new Research Coordinator will assist the primary researcher with data collection to answer the question: How do interventions at Lower Sioux assist youth ages, 10-25 in making choices regarding the use of commercial tobacco?
The 0.5 FTE Research Coordinator will play a critical role in this Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved research project. In addition to assisting the primary researcher, the Research Coordinator will facilitate interactions and dialogue in small groups and individually to obtain data from participants ages 10-25. A timeline has been developed to guide the work in conjunction with Clearway Minnesota. This research project is approved by the Bemidji Area Indian Health Service Institutional Review Board: “Cansayapi’ (Lower Sioux) Cultural Interventions Study” IRB protocol #18-2.
This is a 22-month grant-funded position, with a potential to pursue new research grant opportunities at the completion of this project. Funding for the research project is provided by Clearway Minnesota.